The St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra's Prom under Yuri Temirkanov concludes with Elgar's Enigma Variations, his affectionate musical portrait of friends and acquaintances.
Live at the BBC Proms: St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with soloist, Julia Fischer (violin) and conductor, Yuri Temirkanov.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh - 3 symphonic pictures
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Elgar: 'Enigma' Variations
Julia Fischer (violin)
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)
German violinist Julia Fischer joins the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra for its second concert, as soloist in Tchaikovsky's much-loved Violin Concerto - a work in which concert-hall sophistication balances rustic folk-simplicity, overflowing with tunes and climaxing in a dazzling rondo finale. Big tunes - or, at least, one big tune - also dominate Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations, his affectionate musical portrait of friends and acquaintances. The concert opens with one of Rimsky-Korsakov's finest scores, the 'three symphonic pictures' adapted from his 1907 opera The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh - a work sometimes nicknamed 'the Russian Parsifal'.
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